Weight Management at Your Local Pharmacy in Birmingham
Your Local Pharmacy can:
- assess your general health
- help identify the cause of your weight gain
- work out if there are any health issues causing you to put on weight
- discuss a plan to help you lose weight that suits you
Assessing your weight
First, at Your Local Pharmacy we will want to assess whether your current weight is healthy or not. This means measuring your weight and height to calculate your body mass index (BMI).
You may also have your waist measured. Measuring your waist is a good way to check you’re not carrying too much fat around your stomach, which can raise your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.
You can have a healthy BMI and still have excess tummy fat – meaning you’re still at risk of developing these diseases.
Your GP may take your blood pressure and carry out other tests, such as a blood test, to check for any health conditions that may be related to your weight.
Diet and exercise
If you’re overweight, changes to your diet and physical activity levels are the first step to helping you lose weight.
Your Local Pharmacy can help you assess your current diet and levels of physical activity, and set personal goals for change.
You may be asked to keep a food diary – a written record of everything you eat – for 1 week. This can help you and Your Local Pharmacy identify habits, such as adding sugar to your tea, that you can change.
Your Local Pharmacy also suggest that you wear a pedometer for a week. A pedometer measures the number of steps you take and gives an indication of your daily activity levels.
For more contact us:
238 Wheelwright Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B24 8EH
0121 377 8811